Just days after Lucy Griffiths was cut, Angelica Celaya ("Dallas," "Burn Notice") has come onboard to play the female lead in NBC's "Constantine," the upcoming TV series adaptation of the "Hellblazer" comics.
Executive producer David Goyer confirmed casting news during the show's panel at Sunday's summer Television Critics Association press tour.
In the pilot episode, Griffiths plays the original character of Liv, an offbeat woman marked for death by a powerful demon who ends up teaming with our hero John Constantine (Matt Ryan).
As the show's producers and writers proceeded to go beyond the pilot, they felt hamstrung by the character and opted for a change of direction. In comes Celaya who will play the DC Comics character of Zed - a woman with a very dark past and initially a foil who becomes Constantine's trusted friend.
Executive producer Daniel Cerone says: "She's someone who can go toe to toe with John [Constantine], and that's ultimately something we felt like we needed. We wanted a more dynamic relationship, as opposed to someone who is a teacher/mentor and a student. It just didn't feel as fertile and rich of an area as just a strong a man and a strong woman who are both very different."
Goyer confirmed they didn't need to scrap the pilot, though "one little scene" from it will be reshot. As for Liv's absence in subsequent episodes? "One of the hallmarks of John is his friends drop like flies. They almost all die around him. It's the price of doing business. He is this classic noir character who often ends up alone and we thought it was consistent with the character."
Goyer says the tone of the series will be horror, but will keep the comic's darkly comedic bent as well. He also revealed hopes of the show launching potential spin-offs on the network to include more of the DC supernatural universe.
Source: The Live Feed